Monday, December 3, 2018

My Bridal Shower!

I'm so excited to finally share all of the photos from my bridal shower! It was held at the cutest mid century style restaurant called The Front Yard in Studio City, and it was everything I dreamed of and more. I celebrated with my mom, her cousin, and 14 of my closest friends, and I wish more than anything that I could go back in time and re-live it one more time!

The food was beyond beautiful and delicious and everybody loved it! The staff was extremely accommodating and helpful and our main server's name was also Jenna, which made things extra fun.

I knew once we had the venue picked out that I wanted all mid century typography for the party, and my friend Amber of Dixie & Twine TOTALLY knocked it out of the park with the cake topper and banner. I'm so obsessed with them and they turned out perfect! I also loved that the venue had such cool decor as it was, so I didn't have to decorate TOO too much. We found the flowers at Trader Joes, the vases at Target, and I found the "Bride to Be" banner in Sweden by Ginger Ray UK

I knew I wanted something rich in autumn colors and I definitely wanted to wear something early 60s inspired, so I worked with Unique Vintage to find the perfect dress and I am SO happy with how it turned out! I felt comfortable, and totally retro, which was just how I was hoping to look. I went to Drybar and chose the "Old Fashioned" style, and did my own makeup! The lipstick was the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick by Kat Von D (shade: Mother), and the mary jane block heels (which I've worn on my Instagram) are by Lulu Hun for Collectif Clothing.

Being 5,000+ miles away from my friends and family has proven to be really hard, so having them all gathered (aside from a small number who couldn't make it) in one place to celebrate my upcoming wedding was the best gift I could have ever asked for. My mom was also there along with her cousin, and we all had a great time. Many of my friends had already met, which made socializing really easy. I'm so lucky to have so many kind and warm hearted people in my life.

My mom is the best! She helped me organize the whole thing from finding the venue, to helping me make all the flower arrangements before guests arrived. Also, I love that we kind of matched!

It wouldn't be a perfect bridal shower with cake and mine was PERFECT! It was custom made for me by my parents' neighbor and it was pink ombré! The outside was buttercream, and the inside was vanilla champagne with layers of strawberry mousse and custard. I wish I had been able to try more than one slice, but I'm glad to at least have photos to look back on! He also baked us sugar cookies with our initials on them (which I may or may not have continued to snack on for days after the shower). My aunt (who wasn't able to be there) made everyone soaps to take home that looked and smelled like french macarons (you can see one in the second photo down towards the bottom!). You can find a link to order all of her yummy soaps and lotions HERE.

We ended the festivities with a quiz all about me and I got to open a mountain of generous and adorable gifts that I will treasure forever.

All in all, it was an amazing bridal shower and I'm still smiling from ear to ear. I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the photos and stay tuned because there's more to come including our recent engagement photo shoot! <3

Thursday, September 20, 2018

London: Where We Stayed

Max and I recently took a four day trip to London, and we had the best time! I hadn't been to London since I was 16 (that was 2001), and for Max it had been even longer, so there was a lot for us to catch up on. We found the cutest boutique hotel in Notting Hill for our stay and thought I'd share a few photos of it incase you're planning a trip to London and are searching for a hotel. It was close to both Hyde Park and Portobello Road, and is also really close to two metro stations! The hotel itself is in an old Victorian building with crown moulding and high ceilings in each room which reminds me so much of my old 1920s apartment building in LA. It was super quiet and the staff were really friendly. In fact, we found ourselves having a lovely chat with the night attendant every night we were there about where to go and the history of the neighborhood! Our room came with free breakfast as well, which was a typical continental breakfast - toast, fruit, cheese, salami, croissants and cereal, enough to get us going for those long days of walking 22,000 steps! If you're into no frills and just want a solid hotel close to everything that's clean and quiet, this is the hotel for you. Check it out at the link below:

The interior was a mix of "east meets west" with ornate metallic wallpaper and black chandeliers. I would have loved to spend an evening reading on that comfy couch but we spend all of our evenings out on the town. I guess there's always next time! For more photos from my trip to London, be sure to check out my instagram page HERE.